Welcome to Girlguiding Oxfordshire
With over 6,000 members, Girlguiding Oxfordshire is a thriving organisation, offering girls in the county the opportunity to build confidence, learn new skills and make friends for life in a unique, girls-only space.
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Thames Guides reach new heights!
Thames District Guides (composed of 12th Abingdon, 1st Kennington and 1st Radley Guide Units) ventured to Austria this summer. We stayed in a chalet in Häselgehr, a small alpine village in the Lech Valley. We enjoyed white water rafting on the River Inn, riding the alpine coaster in Imst and swimming in a beautiful open air pool surrounded by mountains.
Picture courtesy of Feelfree - Outdoor Professionals
The Big Brownie Birthday
Since January 2014, Brownies have been celebrating the Big Brownie Birthday. Brownies started in 1914 and this year they are celebrating 100 years of fun packed adventures and friendships.
Girlguiding Oxfordshire have been celebrating in various ways – sleepovers in Museums, large scale pack holidays and Brownies took over the tracks with a train trip for 572 girls to Paddington courtesy of FGW Trains, to name a few.
On Sunday 20 July 2014 180 Guides in 36 patrols took part in OxyGen Girlguiding Oxfordshire county patrol competition . One hundred and fifty guides slept over the night before the event. Guides were challenged to complete four challenges with an hour per challenge.
Guides from 1st Aston Guides said that the event and activities were about team work while having fun. They had designed a new logo for the event using natural objects and been on a walk to a close by church where they had, had to answer some questions before finding their way back.
Brownies grow their own
Charlton Park Garden Centre and Florist welcomed Wantage 1st Brownies to the garden centre at the end of May. They were there to complete one of the clauses for the Gardener Badge. The Brownies planted herbs, tomatoes and carrots for the Grow Your Own section at the garden centre.
Royalty visited Wantage
Soaked to the skin but still smiling. The Brownies were fantastic meeting Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, Sophie. Pearl chatted to the Prince as if she knew him and Chloe was star struck handing over the flowers to the Countess of Wessex on behalf of Guiding. All the girls smiled and chatted to them. A lovely afternoon here in Wantage shame about the rain!!!
New Amenity Block at Jubilee House
Jubilee house was originally rented by Girlguiding Oxfordshire on a peppercorn rent from Sir John and Lady Thompson who lived at Woodperry House just across the road form the site. Lady Thompson was the county president and after her death Sir john decided to give the land to Girlguiding.
The original house as the name suggests was completed in 1975 during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee year and served the guiding in the county well as a headquarters and residential venue. By the 1990’s it was clear the old building needed to be replaced and plans were drawn up and the fundraising begun to replace the building. The project was completed when the building on the site to day was opened in 2008.
Big Brownie Birthday Celebration Train Journey
Hundreds of Oxfordshire Brownies took to the tracks for a specially commissioned train journey to London – to mark 100 years of the Brownies.
Platforms at Charlbury and Oxford became a sea of yellow as girls from across the community took their place on the six-car First Great Western train on Saturday 26th April for the special journey to London Paddington.
Friends of Girlguiding Oxfordshire
Girlguiding Oxfordshire is part of Girlguiding the largest voluntary organisation for girls and women in the UK which has been inexistence for over 100 years.
Friends of Girlguiding Oxfordshire are seeking enthusiastic members from both inside and outside Guiding.
Their aim is to stimulate interest and support in Girlguiding Oxfordshire, whilst supporting members with finical assistance when required. You can find out more about friends of Girlguiding Oxfordshire including how to become a friend by completing the application form here.
Up and coming events for 2014
Friday February 21st Thinking Day Lunch followed by the AGM.
Friday May 2nd Bridge Drive at Eynsham Village Hall.
Oxfordshire Guides 200 Club is run by Girlguiding Oxfordshire. All proceeds from the draw, after provision of prizes and legitimate expenses is devoted to furthering the objects of Girlguiding Oxfordshire, most recently the money has been used towards the up keep of Jubilee House. Applications to join the scheme can be made by completing and returning the form found here.
Participation in the scheme is open to all members of the association, the Trefoil Guild and all Friends of Guiding, aged 18 and over, upon payment of the annual fee.
Can your unit fit "Just one more"?
Girlguiding UK’s current focus is on encouraging Leaders to do their bit to help us grow guiding by finding 'room for just one more'. Did you know that if every unit in Girlguiding UK increased in size by one more one girl, around 27,500 more girls would have access to everything guiding had to offer?